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Josh Tomlin looks for strong follow-up performance in Game 2 of ALCS

The last time Josh Tomlin pitched, the Cleveland Indians advanced to the ALCS. He could put them one step closer to the World Series with a quality outing this afternoon.

Cool guys don't look at explosions.
Cool guys don't look at explosions.
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Toronto Blue Jays @ Cleveland Indians

Saturday, October 15, 2016. 4:08 EST, Progressive Field


Radio: WTAM

Cleveland leads ALCS 1-0


Last night, Cleveland pitching dismantled the Toronto offense with surgical precision. The trio of Tribe pitchers combined to strike out 12 Blue Jays, with Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller accounting for 11 of them. While I wouldn't anticipate that same outcome today, Josh Tomlin will have to find a way to keep hitters off balance long enough for his offense to do some damage against a successful pitcher in J.A. Happ.

Trevor Bauer was scheduled to start this game, but he hurt himself on his drone. He has been bumped to Monday's game in Toronto, where the hope is that his hand will have healed enough to allow him to pitch. This may be good considering that Bauer, in 2016, pitched better on the road and Tomlin pitched better at home. However, none of that will matter if the Cleveland Indians can't find a way to score some runs off of an impressive Toronto starting rotation. Hopefully Lonnie Chisenhall, who is turning into Mr. October, can give some of the young guys like Mike Napoli some tips for dealing with the high intensity of postseason play. And now, here's the starting 9 for your Tribe:

Today's Lineups


Ezequiel Carrera - LF

Rajai Davis - CF

Josh Donaldson - 3B

Jason Kipnis - 2B

Edwin Encarnacion - 1B

Francisco Lindor - SS

Jose Bautista - RF
Mike Napoli - 1B

Troy Tulowitzki - SS

Carlos Santana - DH

Russell Martin - C

Jose Ramirez - 3B

Michael Saunders - DH

Brandon Guyer - LF

Kevin Pillar - CF
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF

Darwin Barney - 2B

Roberto Perez - C
J.A. Happ - LHP Josh Tomlin - RHP